We are having a warm January so far this winter. We’ve had mostly warm and rainy days, but we all know this could change from day to day.
Our neighbor, Stella Elam, is getting better after having been laid up with what she thinks was a broken rib. Richard and Libby keep a check on her and help her out. Bob and I must be bad neighbors as we didn’t even know she had been down and out.
We hope Terry Caudill is feeling better this week and can get well enough to come home from the hospital where he has been for almost two weeks or more. I’m sure his grandpa, Dock Adams, and their family are concerned about Terry, as we all are.
Dock Adams and Lee Pridemore both had birthdays last week, and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to them after Blair Branch Church on Saturday evening.
There were several others, including Jimmie Adams of Wolfpen that had January birthdays. Jeremiah
As I write this on Jan. 23, there are bluebirds flying in and out of a birdhouse on my porch and little wrens are chirping and flying around their carport, either looking for spiders or a place to nest. Daffodils are also sprouting up in yards, sure signs that will fool you into thinking it’s close to spring.
We were sad to learn of Bob’s aunt, Mary Lou Combs, dying in Louisville last week. Her daughters, Donna Frazier and Francine Caudill, took good care of her in her later years when she couldn’t care for herself, just as Mary Lou had done for them and Gary when they were young.
Her funeral was held at Letcher Independent Church, where she had been a member for many years, and she was laid to rest in the Burton Hill Cemetery between her sister, Mallie Hobbs, and her beloved son, Gary Combs, who was killed in a car accident years ago.
Mary Lou was affected deeply by the death of Big Gary, and was never quite the same after the tragedy.
She was a daughter of Hub and Vina Caudill Banks, and was born and raised on Carbon Glow. Her husband, Orville, died when they lived at Inez, and she and the family came back to Letcher County.
Our sympathy goes out to Mary Lou’s children, grandchildren and all her family and friends. She was a sweet lady, and loved by all.
Sympathy also goes out to the ‘Burn’ Bailey family, who lost their father last Friday. Vernon’s services were held at Blair Branch Church Sunday night and Monday. The overflowing crowd had to please the family.
He leaves behind 11 children and a large crowd of grandchildren and others to mourn him.
Barry Wright and his family lost their beloved Johnnie, also. She had struggled off and on with cancer, and leaves so many to mourn her passing. We send our prayers out to the family.
I also just learned that Odelle Watts has died. She suffered a fall, and just couldn’t get over it. She was also a sweet little lady, and we’re sorry for her family during their sorrow.
So much sadness and broken hearts this week.